Returning to the hobby, new tank setup
I'm returning to both fishkeeping and planted tanks after a few years in mothballs, due to the wedding/house/baby trifecta. The goal is pretty simple this time around: To have a nice, enjoyable planted tank that's relatively simple to maintain, but offers plenty of learning opportunities for my now 2yo.
Here's what I've got so far, plan-wise. Any additions, corrections, or clarifying questions are welcome. Thanks for your help!
dwarf cichlid community tank
Current Satellite Plus 36-48"
This would, based on the PAR values and observations I researched here at Planted Tank, put me pretty securely in the low end of medium light range. Previously, this tank was setup with a medium-high light T5 fixture (~2.5w/g) and CO2 injection. I'm not interested in going that level of light/co2 this time around, due to the resulting increased maintenance, algae, and electricity bills. Not with a 2yo and another on the way.
This is probably a bag light. I might add another bag of ecocomplete or (cheaper) small, inert gravel should the aquascaping needs not be covered effectively by 3 bags.
Dutch-ish. I have several nice pieces of driftwood, some that would offer caves to the cichlids. There's also a castle (i know, but I need to work with a 2yo). I think it might actually work very well as a cave. We'll see.
Not determined, but I'll select plants that do well in low/medium light. Basically, the lowlight standards, plus a few more that should fare pretty well in these conditions.
2x small cichlids (rams, kribs, apistos, etc.)
12-18x smallish schoolers
6x otos or 4x SAEs
That's give or take... i have a few ideas involving dwarf cichlid planted community tanks. there are south american, african, and mixed community variants at the moment. Availability may be a deciding factor. suggestions on where to source quality stock without spending an arm and a leg would be appreciated.
I'd plan to dose Flourish, rather than going full C02. I'd lean on the eco-complete early on, but do have all the needed chemicals to dose, should additional iron, mg, etc. be needed.
That's it. Thoughts?
Last edited by modernhamlet; 02-28-2014 at 03:37 AM.